Reduce Re-Use Recycle
Social responsibility dictates that consumers consider logical alternatives to packaging that are also
environmentally friendly. We supply various bag products made under the Environmentally Preferred Rating
(EPR) and we are proud to offer a line of environmentally friendly bags called Enviro SacksTM. The
Enviro SacksTM line of products help the environment by encouraging the three R's of environmental
responsibilities: Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle. This is done through litter reduction awareness , reducing the
number of bags going into land fills through recycling, and providing bags that are biodegradable.
Recycle: Returning a product for reprocessing into another type of product which would use thecomponents of the original product in its makeup.
This is not remaking the old product into a like new product. Recycling reduces the need for additional raw material for the production of bags.
Recyclable: Product which can be collected from waste and made into another product.
Reduce: Use less of something, or use alternatives with less bulk to reduce the content going into landfills.
Reuse: Use again, at least once. A single reuse of a bag will reduce the number of bags going into a landfill by 50%.
Biodegradable: Materials capable of undergoing biological anaerobic or aerobic decomposition by the action of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae under conditions naturally occurring in the biosphere. PWS makes bags available which contain the EPI additive, which causes bags to bio-degrade in the environment or in the landfill.
Compostable: Materials that undergo degradation by biological process during composting to yield CO2, water, inorganic compounds and biomass at a rate consistent with other compostable materials in commercial/industrial composting conditions and leave no visible, distinguishable or toxic residue. These bags are made with PLA, which is an additive designed to make products compostable.
Degradable: Materials that have the capability to break down from a whole into parts or completely break down into natural substances in the normal process of exposure to natural events. Most degradable products are either biodegradable or photodegradable. Degradable bags cannot be recycled.
PCR: Post consumer recycled content. PCR is the product discarded by consumers after use, which is separated, then added to new resin material to produce plastic bags. In order to retain the integrity and strength of the bags during use, no more than 25% PCR is used. A bag containing PCR material and one without is minimal or unnoticeable.
PIR: Post industrial recycled content. PIR is generally plastic scraps and cuttings from plastic bag extrusion. Recycling eliminates any waste from ending up in a landfill.